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DRIVE REVIEWS

 IMPROMPTU DRIVES

We want to try and plan some impromptu pleasure drives throughout the year which are in addition to drives already planned.  If you would like to be informed of any drives that may be arranged during the year please send your email address to Pearl Hudson at pahudson@aol.com.

We are also looking for more venues to hold BDS drives, so if you would like to host a drive can you also please let Pearl know. Even if you can only cater for 2 or 3 turnouts it would be good to be able to offer more drives to our members.

 

Havenswold Drive 2nd June 2019

We had pencilled a drive from Peasmarsh on this day but unfortunately we were not able to organise the event.  So at the eleventh hour, Dick Tanner very kindly stepped in and offered a drive from his place.

As the weather had been dry we were able to unbox in one of his fields.  We had 8 turnouts attend this drive and were also joined by members from West Sussex and Kent.  Graham Bellingham was on hand to assist with parking anyone’s lorry if they found the gateway into the field difficult to negotiate.

At this time of the year we are able to utilise a third by-way, which is only open in the summer.  This enabled us to enjoy a wonderful country drive interlaced with byways all of which pass through woodland which kept all the participants cool as it was rather a hot day.

On our return to the field Dick had set up a picnic table and chairs for us to enjoy a veritable feast generously provided by Dick and is wife Mary.

 

Framfield Drive 5th May 2019

There were six turnouts for this eight mile road drive which was held from Sue Page’s yard.  We were pleased to welcome a newcomer, Becky Smale from West Sussex with her 7 year old cob and we hope to see her at more of our events.

The old saying 'Ne'er cast a clout till May be out' was never more true than for this drive as there was a very cold wind blowing which negated any of the warmth from the May sunshine.  However it is an ill wind that blows nobody any good to quote another old saying and whilst it was freezing for the humans on the drive, the hardworking equines found the cold wind to be refreshing.

Everyone returned safely and enjoyed a hot cuppa and biscuits very kindly provided by Sue Page.

 

Springfield Farm, Rushlake Green Drive Sunday 7th April 2019

It was a cloudy day with no wind for the seven turnouts who took part in the drive from Springfield Farm.  This is a particularly lovely venue as there is plenty of hard standing on which to unbox.  The owners of the farm have very recently increased the size of their yard and we all made good use of the space.

Pearl Hudson had planned three new routes of 6, 7 or 12 miles and provided maps and directions as usual.  Most of the participants opted for the 6 mile route and 2 went all out and did the 12 miles.  All thoroughly enjoyed the drive which afforded a change of scenery as the routes passed through woodland and farmland.

 

Havenswold Drive 10th March 2019

This drive has to go down in history as one of the windiest drives we have ever held.  One of our members was delayed as her road was blocked by a neighbour’s shed which had been blown away and had landed on the road.  Two members decid3d not to come as it was too windy but despite the unpleant weather condition we did have nine turnouts and one rider.  We were very pleased to welcome Sue Nebbeling from Surrey area and a new member from East Sussex, Sarah Otway.

The Havenswold drive encompasses the long 3 mile byway through Abbots Wood but only two members decided to do it.  All of the others went on a shorter country road drive.  We had delayed the departure in the hope that the wind would die down a bit which it did for a short while.  It was only when we were returning to Havenswold that the wind started to gust again.

Everyone was pleased to have arrived back safely and thoroughly enjoyed the buffet refreshments provided by our host Dick Tanner.

This drive definitely blew the winter cobwebs away.

 

Pevensey Drive, Sunday 16th September 2018

Lynda Baker-Beall very kindly hosted another drive and we had 6 turnouts attend including members from Kent and West Sussex.

The Autumn weather was glorious.  This venue affords several routes.  Four turnouts went together in convoy led by Jane Parsons with Ben and did the 12.9 mile route which crosses the centre of the Pevensey marshes.  The views here are spectacular.  The other two turnouts went inland and did shorter drives.

Everyone arrived back in good time to enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch generously provided by Lynda. 

 

Firle Park Lewes, Sunday 9th September 2018

We were very fortunate again this year to be allowed to hold a drive from Firle and our thanks are extended to Lord and Lady Gage for giving us permission to access Firle Park.  11 turnouts took part with members from Kent, Surrey and West Sussex as well as East Sussex.  

We unboxed in Firle Park itself and drove past Firle Place and through the picturesque village of Firle before going off road on the Old Coach Road by-way.  Extensive maintenance had been carried out on the by-way since last year and we were able to traverse its entire length.  This took us all along the bottom of the South Downs past the original coaching inn (now a tea house) to Berwick where we turned round and came back, arriving back into Firle Park though a private entrance.  Two of our members felt their ponies would not be able to do the full 10 miles and were able to take a shorter route of 5 miles which still took them off road and past the old coaching inn and back into Firle Park.

 

Havenswold Drive, Sunday 29th July 2018

After several weeks of wall to wall sunshine the weather finally broke on the Sunday of our Havenswold drive.  Of the 10 turnouts that had booked, only 4 turned up and braved the rainy weather.

This drive is particularly lovely at this time of the year, as access to three interconnecting well maintained by-ways gives a lovely countryside drive between hedgerows and through ancient woodland.  The drive, although a bit damp, was still very enjoyable and everyone arrived safely back to enjoy a buffet lunch kindly provided by our host Dick Tanner.

 

Framfield Drive, Saturday 21st July 2018

Sue Page hosted a lovely summer evening drive from Framfield.  We had intended to incorporate a drive around New Place which would have given us a 10 mile off road drive.  However, due to the hot weather and the fact that the ground would have been too hard we decided to go for a shorter 6 mile country road drive instead.  It was a very tranquil and peaceful drive around the Sussex lanes.

There were only four turnouts which was a little disappointing but understandable as it was too hot for many especially if they had some distance to travel.  Everyone had a very enjoyable and relaxed drive and returned to some very welcome refreshments provided by Sue.

 

Pevensey Drive, Sunday 1st July 2018

Our thanks go to Lynda Baker-Beall for again hosting this drive from Little Downash Farm.

Eight turnouts attended this drive on what must have been one of the hottest days of the year.  It was lovely to have members from Kent and Surrey drive along with us too.

There were five routes available most members took the 7 mile route around the pretty Sussex village of Hankham.  Another member took a shorter route of 5 miles and one other member took the route that went across the Pevensey marshes and around the hamlet of Flowers Green.

Everyone had a lovely drive and returned to a wonderful spread of refreshments kindly provided by Lynda.

 

Summer Solstice Evening Drive, 21st June 2018

This event was first held last year and as it proved popular we repeated it again this year.  Golden Cross Equestrian was the venue and there were nine turnouts.  The weather was cooler than last year and that made it better for the horses.  Everyone arrived at 6.30 pm and drove off individually or in small groups.  There was a choice of three fairly flat routes.

This is a particularly lovely drive as part of it is off-road down a byway which can only be accessed during the summer months.  The rest of the route is through country lanes and the picturesque historic village of Ripe, which was at one time owned by King Harold who was killed in 1066 at the battle of Hastings.

 

Chiddingly/Muddles Green Drive, Sunday 3rd June 2018

As a result of having to postpone our area show, originally scheduled for Sunday 3rd June, we decided to hold an impromptu drive.  Copford Farm was a new venue kindly suggested by Claire Cousens.  It was an excellent venue, which not only afforded safe parking in the shade of some trees but also was well placed for a drive along leafy quiet lanes.

This drive offered up 5 routes of varying length from 11.5 miles down to 6 miles so that everyone was catered for.  All of the routes were along quiet country lanes and passed through the two picturesque villages of Chiddingly and Muddles Green.

We had eight turnouts, two of which came from West Sussex, and we would have had another three had they not had to cancel for various reasons.

Everyone had an enjoyable, safe drive and it is hoped that we will be able to repeat this again.